There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942


Saturday, March 12, 2011

The War Is Over!

Mary Lee


THE WAR IS OVER!

We were at the beach
and when we arrived
back home, still wet,
Mom, was laughing
and crying and laughing.
She gave us the news
and we knelt
to say a prayer.

"You’ll always
remember this day,"
Dad said.
And to make sure,
he made us sit
on the front step
for one last picture
of his homefront army.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

This is last of the poems. Thank you for reading Kids of the Homefront Army.

8 comments:

Alex said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful poems about kids and World War II. It has been quite an experience. Dp upu have any plans for published these in a book, perhaps?rt

Diane Mayr said...

I would love to, I guess an ebook would be the way to go since I couldn't interest any standard publishers in the project. Thanks so much for reading along. All the best.

Barbara said...

You think you know a time period and then you really don't. There was so much interesting stuff here! I hope you're going to leave it up.

Diane Mayr said...

I plan on leaving it as is for a few weeks, then setting it up so that the order is reversed--from first poem to last. For those who haven't been following along, chronological order--from Pearl Harbor to the end--will probably be better.

I'm Jet . . . said...

Congratulations on your great work, Diane!

Janet

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks, Janet! I appreciate it.

Andy said...

Bravo! I laughed, I cried, and I learned a few things along the way. Well done, Diane.

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks, then my effort wasn't in vain! Now on to some other project...